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Through research and education, the Leopold Center helps to identify and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. The Center's initiative areas include ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research and cross-cutting research that bridges all areas (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems). The Leopold Center is located on the campus of Iowa State University.
National Soil and Water Conservation Week is April 24-30, 2016. This year's theme is "We All Need Trees." Commemorate this week by planting a tree, attending a conservation event at a county park or nature preserve. Go to a field day to learn about conservation practices being used on area farms. Chaperone a school field trip. If you work for conservation, speak to a classroom, if a field trip isn't possible. There are many things we all can do to celebrate these vital natural resources.